By Joseph Leray
By most accounts, “Aliens: Colonial Marines” was not a good game. We concluded our thorough drubbing by flatly explaining that “even the most forgiving fan of the series, even the most ardent shooter fanatic should really pass … because there is absolutely nothing here of value.”
Since the game’s release, concerns have been raised about “Aliens’” development (to put it lightly). The game was developed by Gearbox with (depending on who you ask) varying amounts of help from TimeGate studios, a Houston-based studio known for its work on the “F.E.A.R.” franchise and, more recently, “Section 8.” There seem to be some discrepancies about which group developed what, but the fact remains that not only was “Aliens: Colonial Marines” a bad game, but that its entire development was a hot mess.
Let's break the timeline after the jump.
On the one hand, you have to respect the level of care that went into the attempt at bridging the first three wildly disparate "Alien" films in "Aliens: Colonial Marines." Down to the authentic pulse rifle sounds, attempts to name-check just about every location, character, and memorable visual from those films (with a cursory nod to "Prometheus" thrown in late in the game), Gearbox Software clearly wanted to evoke fans' nostalgia for this universe.
On the other hand, nostalgia's really all this clunky and unpolished shooter has going for it, offering a visually lackluster (at best) experience both in the campaign and online in a floaty shooter that feels ripped straight out of 2005 that, most damningly of all, utterly defangs one of film's great monsters.
Posted 2/11/09 1:00 pm EST by Patrick Klepek in 3DS / DS, aliens vs. predator, aliens: colonial marines, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, iPhone / iPad, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
It's a day of licensed game news, with Sega revealing intentions to develop a third "Alien" title, a new "Aliens vs. Predator" in the hands of original series developer Rebellion. Electronic Arts also confirmed a game based on the live action "G.I. Joe" film. Read More...